Actor Now Screams From the Hills

Times Staff Writer

Actor Matthew Lillard, who got moviegoers’ attention as the murderous prankster Stuart in “Scream” (1996), has purchased a house in the Hollywood Hills for $325,000.

Lillard, 29, starred as Stevo, a punk-rock kid, in “SLC Punk,” released earlier this year. Before that, he played Brock, a washed-up graduate of MTV’s “Real World,” in the movie “She’s All That.”

Since “SLC Punk,” Lillard completed filming Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour Lost,” due out in the spring. Lillard co-stars in the musical adaptation with Branagh, Nathan Lane and Alicia Silverstone.


Lillard and his fiancee, Heather Helm, bought the home together. Helm is director of special events at Buena Vista Pictures.

They bought a three-bedroom Spanish-style villa built in 1926. It has stained-glass windows, hand-painted bath and kitchen tiles and two outdoor fountains. The gated and walled, 1,700-square-foot house also has city views.

Tara Wolper of Fred Sands’ 1st Class Real Estate office in Burbank represented Lillard and Helm in their purchase; Rick Chimienti of DBL Beverly Hills had the listing.


Villa Maggio, a former home of Frank Sinatra on about six acres in Pinyon Crest Estates near Palm Desert, is on the market at $2.1 million. The recently restored compound, behind gates, includes a main house, two-story guest house, pool house, pool and tennis court.

Sinatra built the 6,500-square-foot home in 1968, but only periodically visited it. He donated it to Loyola Marymount University in the early ‘80s. The school sold it to a woman who never lived there, and she sold it to a businessman from Japan, who bought it sight unseen and then never visited the house. The home was bought by the current owners in 1997.

Frank Jackwerth of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills, has the listing.


Actress Ann Dusenberry, who played Laura Daley on “The Commish” and also appeared on “Designing Women” and “Murder, She Wrote,” has sold her two-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot home in Studio City for $300,000.

She has been living in Montecito with her husband, composer Brad Fiedel (“True Lies,” 1994; “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” 1991) for two years. Fiedel began his career as a keyboard performer with singers Hall and Oates before turning to film scoring. Among his TV credits are “Turks” (1998-99) and “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998).

Linda Zimmerman of the Studio City East office of Coldwell Banker represented the buyers; Michael Healy of Prudential-John Aaroe, Studio City, had the listing.

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